I visited this museum a couple of weeks ago, one of the highlights of my day trip to Ottawa. The architecture is superb, as you can see in the pics. I usually laugh hard at architect-speak, but not when it comes to this particular building: Douglas Cardinal, design architect of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, on the subject of his design: "The Museum will be symbolic in form. It will speak of the emergence of this continent, its forms sculpted by the winds, the rivers, the glaciers. It will speak of the emergence of man from the melting glaciers; of man and woman living in harmony with the forces of nature and evolving with them. It will show the way in which man first learned to cope with the environment, then mastered it and shaped it to the need of his own goals and aspirations."